Planet Fitness gym-goer positive for COVID-19 exposed 205, West Virginia officials say

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More than 200 people may have been exposed to coronavirus at a West Virginia Planet Fitness after a patron tested positive for coronavirus, health officials say. Officials are asking anyone who visited the Morgantown location between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on June 24 to quarantine for at least 14 […]

More than 200 people may have been exposed to coronavirus at a West Virginia Planet Fitness after a patron tested positive for coronavirus, health officials say.

Officials are asking anyone who visited the Morgantown location between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on June 24 to quarantine for at least 14 days and watch for symptoms, according to a June 27 news release.

They believe 205 people were at the gym during that time frame. Officials say gym-goers should stay home unless they’re receiving medical care.

“They also should do their best to stay away from others in their household,” Dr. Lee B. Smith, executive director of the Monongalia County Health Department, said. “Ways to do this would be to stay primarily in one area of the home and to wear a mask if you must be around others.”

The Planet Fitness location closed Monday for deep cleaning by a third-party, it said in a statement. It’s expected to reopen early Tuesday.

“At Planet Fitness, the health and safety of our members and teammates has been and continues to be our highest priority,” the gym said.

It added that all workers undergo regular temperature checks and answer health screening questions, per local protocol. Planet Fitness has also implemented contactless check-in and social distancing guidelines.

“We will continue to take appropriate steps so that our members can gym confidently,” the gym said.

Monongalia County has 152 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Saturday, the health department said.

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